Late goal by Passi helps Sporting down MFC

first_imgMumbai May 1 (PTI) A late goal against the run of play by Sumeet Passi helped Sporting Clube de Goa prevail over Mumbai FC 1-0 in their Federation Cup first leg football tie at the Cooperage ground here today. Passi scored with a diving header in the 89th minute to be declared the man of the match.The two teams will meet in the second leg clash in Goa on May 4. The first half of the play was largely insipid with both teams unable to force the pace.Subash Bose of Sporting and Sushil Kumar Singh of MFC, who was substituted by Ryuki Kozawa midway through the second half, were booked for fouls.After Sumeet Passi blasted the ball over the crosspiece, the home team were foiled twice in quick succession by the quick reflexes of Sporting goalie Arindam Bhattacharya.He first blocked a close range volley by Steven Dias and the ball rebounded beyond the penalty area where Eric Brown uncorked a pile driver which was again saved by Bhattacharya.The match-winner was notched by Passi against the run of play. A snap counter saw substitute Victorino Fernandes sending a low cross from the right, which was headed in with a forward dive by Passi.Sporting clearly missed their injured main striker Odafa Onkolie. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDS BASlast_img read more

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TAA plans ahead with AAAT Star Ratings

first_imgTourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) officially launched today with a five year strategic plan that aims to see its members implement the new Star Rating and receive TQUAL accreditation.The official coming out party held today saw Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson highlight that the Group would partner with AAAT Star Ratings to ensure their members not only meet the new ratings criteria but become a Tourism Australia accredited TQUAL product.TAA managing director Rodger Powell said the Group will not only aim to handle political persuasions on behalf of its members but also focus on improving their profiles with recognised education programs and offices in every capital city.“Our new partnership with AAAT Star Ratings will provide convenience for accommodation operators who will be able to get both their star rating and TQUAL accreditation completed by one inspector on one visit. This is all about improving supply-side quality in the Australian market,” Mr Powell explained.The Group also said they had signed an exclusive arrangement with American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute to be the provider of their extensive hospitality, education and training packages throughout the region.“Our exclusive contract with the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute includes the internationally recognised CHA program which has 80,000 graduates in the USA and Europe and is available in 70 countries,” Mr Powell added. “This will provide Australian employees with internationally recognised qualifications that are transferrable from one job to another.”Currently TAA members include Starwood, Rydges, Marriott, Hilton, Stamford, Rendezvous, Hyatt and Radisson as well as hotels from the Accor, IHG, Constellation, Mirvac and Choice brands.The representative Group was officially launched today at the Sheraton-On-the-Park in Sydney. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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